NMM/OMTClinical Practice

An Osteopathic Approach to Chronic Pain Management

John A. Jerome, PhD
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: December 15, 2016

Accepted: December 28, 2016

Published: May 1, 2017

J Osteopath Med; 117(5): 306-314

Chronic pain reduces quality of life and productivity, costing billions in health care dollars and lost revenue. Physicians routinely prescribe opioids, which has led to opioid addiction and overdose. The US surgeon general recommends nonpharmacologic treatment for patients with chronic pain. A paradigm shift is necessary for patients to partner with physicians to take control of their own health. This article outlines the cognitive behavioral approaches, nonopioid therapies, and nonpharmacologic therapies that osteopathic physicians can integrate in their treatment of patients with chronic pain.

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